Sunday, September 16, 2012

Ajmal not shortlisted for being "Too Short"

The International Cricket Council has come up with an idiotic reason for overlooking Pakistani Off-Spinner Saeed Ajmal for a nomination of Test Cricketer of the Year Award and announced that Ajmal missed shortlisting because he is "Too Short". Strange!

Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board lodged a protest with Cricket's Governing Body over the exclusion of Off-Spinner Saeed Ajmal from the shortlist of an Annual ICC Award, despite being Test Cricket's leading wicket-taker in the period under consideration.

The Cricket's Governing Body has admitted that the real reason why diminutive Pakistan Spinner Saeed Ajmal was overlooked for a Test Cricketer of the Year nomination was because they couldn't see him. "When we were scanning the room for potential candidates, we unfortunately didn't see him standing there", said ICC Chief Executive Officer Dave Richardson. "Apparently Ajmal was right in front of us but we missed him because he was, well, below our field of vision. All we saw were some of the bigger lads at the back". Richardson agreed that the situation wasn't helped any by the fact that the selections were being made for a shortlist and we prepared a list of tall players.

Graeme Swann was omitted from a shortlist in 2010 but was later included after England put up his case. South Africa also objected to the omission of their players and boycotted the 2009 ceremony held in Johannesburg.

Despite his omission from the award shortlist, Ajmal's name has been included in ICC's Best Test Team of the Year.

The information presented above is offered in Good Faith and is correct to the best of our knowledge. If any factual errors have appeared here inadvertently, then we would be pleased to hear from anyone wishing to offer corrections.

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